*This file is was photographed outside, and a higher quality scanned file will be up in a couple months (but this is the finished product none-of-the-less)
The original was made on 14" x 17" smooth Bristol paper. I believe it was over 20 hours, though I lost track. This was my biggest drawing i've done yet and done only with my hands, no grid overlays or guides. Needless to say it was quite a challenge for me, but good practice. Over all I'd say I'm fairly happy with the turn out.
Staedtler Lumograph Pencils 2H-8B Colored Pencils, Ink, and Copic Markers (Iris) Tortillons, Stumps, and Cotton Balls for smoothing.
This is my second soldier portrait, inspired by Corporal Sidney Phillips, played by Ashton Holmes in the 2010 HBO mini-series "The Pacific". Done with 2b, Hb Faber-Castell drawing pencils, and mechanical pencil on Canson paper in around 15 hours. I also blended less to make the image appear grittier.